The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The selection of Charles Dalfen as the new head of the CRTC is a welcome move by a government that too often favours expediency over expertise. The nearly universal support for the appointment from all sectors of the communications industry underlines the correctness of the decision.  As many point out in our lead story, the lawyer has experience with the telecom and the broadcasting sides of the commission. He has familiarity with international issues at a time when globalization is a hot topic. It will be interesting to see if Dalfen sets out to reform the operations of the regulator. It is a quasi-judicial body, with many of the same powers as a court. Yet it can be more secretive than the judiciary. The CRTC sets policies and regulations in accordance with laws that are passed by the House of Commons and the Senate, usually by recorded votes. Appeals to commission decisions may be heard by the Federal Court or the Supreme Court of Canada, which release details of how each justice voted. But the commission itself gives no indication of what goes on behind closed doors in its deliberations. Phrases like "by majority decision" are bandied about, without an explanation if that means a one-vote margin or a lone naysayer. Commissioners are free to vote against a proposal without filing a dissent. This makes it hard to understand what objections have been raised to the application. There are signs the CRTC is prepared to shed a little light on its workings. It has restored its previous practice of differentiating between telecom and broadcast decisions. Many telecom decisions now come with the name of the person who prepared it attached, making it easier to get more details on the intricacies of the ruling. Dalfen has reportedly been granted wider powers by the Chrétien government than his predecessors enjoyed. We hope he will bring openness and discipline to a body that has been split into secretive factions for too long.